Monday Night Observations

As someone who had the Titans +6, that was a frustrating watch. The game turned on two plays mainly, the 4th-and-1 stuff inside the five when the Titans for God knows what reason handed off to the tight end and the next play when Lamar Miller ran for a 97-yard TD. That was a 14-point swing from which the Titans never recovered.

Deshaun Watson missed a couple open receivers and was too easily knocked over on a couple sacks, but he scrambled well and threw nice balls to DeAndre Hopkins and Demaryius Thomas. He had a monster fantasy day – 220 passing yards and two TDs as well as 70 rushing yards and a rushing TD.

I’ve mocked Lamar Miller for a couple years now, but if there’s one skill he’s always had it’s speed. Miller ran a 4.40 40 at the Combine, lightning fast for a running back, and he showed it on his 97-yard TD run as the DBs chasing him had no chance. Miller finished with 162 yards and a TD on only 12 carries. Alfred Blue actually had 13 carries, but for only 49 yards,

DeAndre Hopkins (6-5-74) had a modest day, but he was productive given the constant double teams and the unfriendly game flow. Demaryius Thomas went 5-4-38-2 on most people’s benches, as not many were high on DMT for this matchup. Keke Coutee went 2-2-14.

Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 23 passes for 303 yards (13.2 YPA) and two TDs. He also ran for 28 yards and did not throw a pick. The big negative? He took six sacks, and the Titans had a lot of holding and false start penalties. Mariota looked sharp all game, though.

Corey Davis led the team in rushing and receiving. He got 39 yards on his only carry and finished with a 4-4-96-1 line. Jonnu Smith was the only other pass catcher of note, going 2-2-62-1, thanks to a 61-yard TD early in the game.

Dion Lewis was stuffed – seven carries for eight yards, though had had seven catches for 33 yards. Derrick Henry had eight carries for 30 yards and two catches for 19, but lost a fumble at the end of the game.

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